The family, which received a completely new solution for the living room and kitchen, was completely affected by the change, like the designer.
They relinquished full control of a fairly large renovation – a huge responsibility that Time for Home, not least designer Morten Bøgh Andersen, has.
– I was so tense. I had a lot of faith that what I planned was right, but you never know. When I heard the family’s reaction, I had a huge emotional rush. One thing is to think you did everything right, but getting the affirmation there and then simply gave me great feelings. Tears came, says the designer.
The expert designer from Denmark is used to designing interiors in everything from family homes to shops and hotels, but Time for Home is very special, he says.
I usually work in close dialogue with the owners. The goal is to get them a step further than they would otherwise have come to with their own help. In Time for Home, I’ll bring them to a whole new world, and then there’s a little second where you think: “What if they don’t like it?”.
But this time there was nothing to fear, it is clear that Mai Lin Gerdi Nielsen and Erlind Corseth have been touched by their new world.
– That was so cute. Warm, gentle, warm – in the middle of nowhere, as they say.
The family of six has always had the idea of combining the living room and kitchen to create a social room. Both adults and children love to cook and love to bake. They needed a more practical kitchen solution with better space. At the same time, they needed a real renovation of their 1970s house.
All of this together made up a huge project, and they found it difficult to find good and comprehensive solutions.
Time to Home asked designer Morten Pugh Andersen to come up with his best ideas, and the project began after her.
The preparation was great. The kitchen and the wall between the living room and the kitchen were demolished, all the inner walls were demolished, all the outer walls were insulated, and all the old windows were replaced.
The old fireplace was demolished and renovated, a new sliding garden door installed, new flooring, and all walls plastered. All this, of course, at the expense of the home owner.
Only after all the preparations are done is it finally time for the visual and practical solutions that will make this family dream room.
Morten design grip for room
There is a lot of work behind this plan. Many ideas were thought, and countless drawings were made. Here are the main points of choosing designer Morten.
- The room should be divided into clear zones because there are different activities that will take place here. It should be a good kitchen and a good living room. Zones were defined using different materials on the floor, and using a ribbed wall between the sofa and the kitchen island.
- The decor should be northern and light but with some heavy elements.
- Few and good natural materials, where the balance of materials must provide peace. Nothing should seem annoying. Since everything is neutral and harmoniously combined, it is the activities and human actions in the room, according to Morten, that create the atmosphere.
- The materials chosen were oak, natural stone, steel and some concrete. The color of the room is KALK, which is a light color, gray-white with a slight shade of red. This will take the heat out of the other materials. The separation between the walls and the ceiling should be erased using the same color on all these surfaces.
Various objects such as vases and large concrete branches from the garden will create exhibitions in the room, and make it interesting for your eyes to wander. The lightness of the large twigs will also be repeated as an element in two self-produced panels.
See what colors, materials and furniture have been used in the product list here.
The kitchen itself was made using purchased standard structures, and all the facades were made in a carpentry workshop.
The fronts are made of oak veneered panels with milled detailing for the knobs. The knobs were designed by Morten Bøgh Andersen, following inspiration from the 1970s kitchen he grew up in.
The main work surface is a large three-meter island. This, like the rest of the kitchen, has a Norwegian natural stone anorthosite worktop. The island has a storage drawer on the side of the kitchen and stools at bar height toward the living room.
On one side of the door is the sink and cooking area. Here, both the bench and the wall are of the same natural stone material. The exhaust fan above the stove is made of stainless steel.
On the other side of the door, the kitchen is organized with high cabinets only. Here is a built-in refrigerator, oven and plenty of storage space. In the end, a so-called “pocket locker” was made, to the delight of the happy family.
This cabinet has a large shelf over the counter for kitchen appliances. The cabinet allows double doors to be pushed into channels along the side of the cabinet, so you can keep them open while you work, without disturbing the room doors.
The pocket locker was built by Tid for hjems Rune Strandenes, but note – this is not a thing for beginners! To make such a cabinet, special fittings are needed to make the mechanism with doors.
The family has used the new living room now for about three months, and says they are very happy.
– We’re fine too. My Lin says it’s a relief to be here, and we think a very good solution has been chosen.
On the other hand, they think it was somewhat surprising that the kitchen was turned upside down and placed along the door wall, instead of where it used to be.
– but it works much better for the new sliding door on the balcony. Also compatible with tiles on the floor in relation to the outlet. This is something we will not come to terms with ourselves. The room performs very well in everyday life and also on dinner visits, she says.
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